1:00 PM ET, September 11, 2011
NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Texans don't need Arian Foster to rout Colts as Peyton Manning sits out
HOUSTON -- Hey, Peyton Manning. If there was ever a doubt about what you mean to Indianapolis, there isn't anymore.Final score in Sunday's season opener: Texans 34, Colts 7.What already looks like a long, long season ahead for the Colts might be the chance, at last, for the Texans to make a leap forward in the AFC South.
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It Could Be Worse
Without Peyton Manning on Sunday, the Texans handed the Colts a brutal 27-point whooping, but it's only fifth among the Colts' losses since drafting Manning in 1998.
Colts' Worst Losses
Since Drafting Peyton Manning In 1998
|* - In playoff game|
Mo DBs, Mo Problems
Kerry Collins had success against the Texans' base 3-4 defense, but struggled when Houston deployed extra defensive backs on the field.
Kerry Collins' Passing by Defense
|Base 3-4||5+ DBs|
Colts LB Ernie Sims left in the first half with a knee sprain. LB Gary Brackett sprained his shoulder after an interception return in the fourth quarter. ... The Texans recognized the Sept. 11 anniversary by allowing four members of both the New York city police and fire departments to lead the team onto the field before the game. Linebacker DeMeco Ryans, the last player introduced, waved an American flag as he came out of the tunnel. ... Texans WR Kevin Walter left the game with a left shoulder injury and sources told ESPN that Walter broke his shoulder and will miss 10 to 12 weeks.Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.7||5.8|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||1-3||3-6|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||1|
|FG||4:30||Neil Rackers 25 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 13 plays, 73 yds, 6:32
|TD||3:02||Derrick Ward 1 Yard Run (Neil Rackers Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 5 yds, 0:41
|TD||1:46||Ben Tate 2 Yard Run (Neil Rackers Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 18 yds, 1:08
|TD||7:02||Andre Johnson 4 Yard Pass From Matt Schaub (Neil Rackers Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 89 yds, 5:54
|FG||1:38||Neil Rackers 29 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 9 plays, 51 yds, 3:51
|TD||1:13||Jacoby Jones 79 Yard Punt Return (Neil Rackers Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 79 yds, 0:00
|TD||9:25||Reggie Wayne 6 Yard Pass From Kerry Collins (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 13 yds, 1:10
Only one other time in the last 10 seasons (regular season only) have the Colts been held to 7 points or fewer: Jan. 3, 2010 (week 17) they lost 30-7 to the Bills. Peyton Manning played just 3 series in that game.
34 points scored by the Texans in first half vs the Colts is the most scored in any half by the Texans in team history. Previous high was 29 pts 10/21/2007 vs Titans (2nd half)
Jacoby Jones 79-yd punt return TD is the longest punt return TD in Texans history.
Last time that the Colts were held scoreless in the first half was Sept. 14, 2008 at the Vikings. They won 18-15.
In his first start with a new team, Kerry Collins has been less than impressive in his career, losing 4 of 5 games. In those 5 games, he has thrown just 2 touchdowns, while getting picked off 7 times.[+]
Kerry Collins in 1st Start With New Team
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